Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mommy Lit -- When Chick Lit Grows Up

After a recent post about celebrating International Chick Lit Month, a reader asked if we could include a list on Mommy Lit.  This gave me the chance to not only write more about chick lit (hurray!) but also the chance to write more about the type of chick lit that tends to be nearest and dearest to me (hurray again!).  Chick lit started out with a focus on young singletons like Bridget Jones and Becky Bloomwood.  While the singletons remain a strong force in chick lit, there are a lot of chick lit authors and characters who have grown up and are now focused on motherhood.  Even the Becky Bloomwood, the Shopaholic herself, has transitioned into Mommy Lit and Bridget Jones, who has so far been the mother only of chick lit, is poised to publish a baby-centric book.

There are some really great Mommy Lit titles out there.  I think Jennifer Weiner's Little Earthquakes is probably the best book about the transition into motherhood.  I regularly recommend it to new moms.  Of course, if you've read Goodnight, Moon, you might also appreciate her book Goodnight, Nobody, about a mother of three living amidst mysteries in suburbia.  Allison Pearson's classic Mommy Lit title, I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother is set to be released on the big screen this summer. 

If you're looking for some other Mommy Lit titles, check out some of these:

Does She or Doesn't She?                                          
The Mommy Fund
Babes in Captivity                                                      
Hanging By a Thread
The Ivy Chronicles                                                    
Making it Up as I Go Along
Odd Mom Out                                                           
Amanda Bright @ Home
Crossing the Line
The Bad Mothers' Handbook

If this just whets your appetite for more Mommy Lit (or if you've read these and are looking for others), don't forget that you can submit a request for a personalized reading list.  Tell us what you want to read (and what you don't) and we'll get a list of about 10 books back to you within a week.

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